How To Cut Laminate Flooring Lengthwise: Step By Step Process Of Cutting Laminate Flooring Lengthwise

Step By Step Process Of Cutting Laminate Flooring Lengthwise

Cutting laminate flooring lengthwise is considered as one of the methods that needs care and skill, as it is a very tricky job that requires proper knowledge & taking accurate calculations. You will need to cut laminate flooring lengthwise only when you are going to install the first & the last rows of laminate flooring, through the wall. If you are looking to cut a piece of laminate flooring lengthwise, then it is called ripping the material. Usually, it is the last few planks that need to be ripped, those that run side by side as well as adjacent to one of the walls in the room. Due to the fact that the material is thin, laminate flooring cuts quickly provided you use the proper tools. Make sure not to rush the cut, instead you simply allow the tool do the work as you slowly move the saw through the cut line. In order to cut laminate flooring lengthwise, first of all, you need to collect the certain items required for the process & then go through the below-mentioned step by step process carefully:

Thing's You Will Need

  • Tape Measure
  • Jigsaw, Circular Saw Or Table Saw
  • Laminate Boards
  • Eye Protection

Step By Step Process

  1. Measure The Space That The Plank Needs To Fit: Firstly, calculate or compute the space where you are going to fit the plank, with the help of a tape measure. You need to leave an expansion gap of the same size you left through the rest of the walls. The expansion gap will help the material to expand with changes in humidity.
  2. Transfer Calculations To The Underside Of The Plank If You Use Jigsaw Or Circular Saw: Now, transfer the calculations to the bottom of the plank you need to rip if you are using a jigsaw or circular saw in order to make the cuts. Both of these saws will help cut on the upstroke. As blades exit the material they are cutting, they have a tendency to break the material's fibers as well as leave splintered, ragged edges. Cutting laminate with the good side facing down will help completely remove or get rid of splintering through the face that will show once the floor is complete. Draw a line in order to indicate where to make the cut.
  3. Transfer Calculations To The Good Side If You Use A Table Saw: Next, transfer the calculations to the good side of the laminate if you use a table saw in order to make the cut. Table saws will help cut on the downstroke, in order to make sure that any splintering occurs on the bottom of the material when using this saw.
  4. Rip The Laminate Using A Circular Saw Or Jigsaw: Finally, rip the laminate with the help of a circular saw or jigsaw by following the line you drew in accordance with your calculations. On a table saw, put down the rip fence according to where you are going to cut the laminate as well as feed the material into the saw blade.


You need to be extremely carefully when it comes to cutting laminate using power saws. Wear safety glasses as well as keep fingers and hands well clear of the blade.
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